2014 Dialogue and Discussion Series

2014 Dialogue and
Discussion Series Opens

Asian American Voices on Campus:
Loud and Clear

October 1, 2014 - Nearly 50 attendees came to the Martin Luther King Room at Hale Hall to listen to the first Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Dialogue and Discussion Series on Diversity: “Asian American Voices on Campus: Loud and Clear.”

Annabelle Estera, Intercultural Specialist for Asian and Asian American students with the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center, presented background about Asians: the six regions and the 40-plus countries that comprise Asia, and some of the perceptions about Asians. Annabelle also served as the moderator for a panel of three Ohio State students: Heidi Liou, Andrew Philip, and Venkata Surapaneni, who answered questions from Annabelle and the audience about being an Asian American student at Ohio State.


Professor Townsand Price-Spratlen

Does Popular Culture Foster
a Society of Violence?

October 23, 2014 - Townsand Price-Spratlen, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology moderated a discussion between 25 faculty, staff and students from Ohio State on how popular culture influences the United States’ current society of violence. Also included in the discussion was staff from Reconstruction Inc., whose mission is to facilitate transformative community capacity building. Professor Price-Spratlen spoke about a culture of violence where by the age of 16, research has shown that children are exposed to 250,000 acts of violence and what is needed to change that culture, such the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence formed by President Lyndon Johnson and President Obama’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Discussion also centered on transformative actions, where the individual can transform and thereby, affect society as a whole.


Christine Ballengee Morris, founding director of the Multicultural Center and professor in Arts Administration, Education and Policy; John Low, assistant professor of History at the Newark campus; and Daniel Rivers, assistant professor of History at the Columbus campus discuss the use of race-based mascots

So Why Are We Still Debating
Race-Based Sports Mascots?

November 20, 2014 -The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Shannon Gonzales-Miller moderated a presentation by Christine Ballengee Morris, founding director of the Multicultural Center and professor in Arts Administration, Education and Policy; John Low, assistant professor of History at the Newark campus; and Daniel Rivers, assistant professor of History at the Columbus campus.

With nearly 230 instances, Ohio is the number one state in the use of Native American mascots. In some cases, such as with Miami University, the mascots were changed; in other cases, such as the Cleveland Indians, the mascot continues to be used although is being phased out. The panel also talked about the history of Native American representation beginning with the Wild West shows in the late 1800s and the use of Native American images as mascots and the initial campaigns in the 1970s to stop their use.


The 2014 Dialogue and Discussion Series will continue in Spring 2014 semester with three additional topics.